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Mourinho on United’s 1-1 draw: “It was a good training session”

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Jose Mourinho appeared to be not too disheartened by what he saw as Manchester United came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Club America in the first friendly of their United States tour

Mourinho had to make do without a number of his World Cup stars for the encounter, but debutant goalkeeper Lee Grant made some critical saves in the opening 45 minutes of the game to keep the scoreline level at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

But his replacement Joel Pereria was left helpless by Hector Martin’s thumping header in the 59th-minute of the match to hand Club America the lead.

However, Juan Mata ensured that United would not begin their preseason with defeat by scoring an equaliser after Ander Herrera’s header had hit the post.

Mourinho told the club website: “It was good. After five days of training, you need to play and it’s good to play against a team that is three days away from starting their Mexican league. [They were] a team with intensity, a team with quality that pushed us to levels that we weren’t prepared for but pushed us to these levels, so it was a good training session.”

The Portuguese coach acknowledged that United were at a disadvantage due to Club America having already started their league campaign and were, therefore, much better prepared for the encounter.

“It was a good training session for us and I think they start their league this week, so they were at a more advanced stage than us,” said Mourinho.

“I think both teams fought for a result. It was a friendly, the result was not the most important thing but I think the players fought for the result. I think in the first half we were the best team and had the best chances. In the second half, they were stronger than us and scored the goal, then without the only striker we have here [Anthony Martial] we had to try to go for it. The players showed their intentions.”